Bridge, Tunnel Safety Measures Enhanced
Tunnel between Detroit and Canada serves as a model for improved emergency communications.Whether its highway patrol helicopters swooping nearby or armed guards standing at the ready, keepers of the nations bridges and tunnels have increased security since Sept. 11. But beyond physical security, some have also begun to take extra technological steps to prevent and respond to terrorists and or other threats. The most common response has been to expand the use of cameras to monitor bridges and tunnelsas done on such famous bridges as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. But cameras for monitoring isnt the only answer. One tunnel at a crucial border crossing between the United States and Canada also has concentrated on how it communicates in the event of a threat or incident.
The Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp., in Detroit, has been testing a new alerting system developed by wireless messaging software provider Simplewire Inc. Called the Border Message Information System , it allows the organization to alert law enforcement, public service agencies and others about everything from threats, disruptions or even simple traffic delays in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel that connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The system was set to go live in late August or early September, said Neal Belitsky, vice president of operations at the Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp.